In order to graduate from McQueen High School, a student must successfully pass four years of required English. Elective English classes will not meet this requirement. Some English classes will meet a requirement for high school graduation but may not meet a college entrance requirement. All English classes are aligned with the Nevada State Standards for English.
To reach teachers at their phone extensions, call 746-5880 and leave a message following the voice prompts.
The best time to contact teachers is on their preparation period or before or after school. The daily schedule posted on the home page of this website lists times of each period on a normal school day.
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Eighth graders (Class of 2014) who qualify for placement in Honors Freshman English (based on grades, test scores, and attendance records) will be sent information on the program and an application in the late spring (around May 20). The students who receive this information…
Students who receive the letter will need to send back an acceptance letter/application. Once we receive that, the student will be sent the required summer assignment.
Students who do not receive a letter of invitation in late May (or students currently enrolled in a school other than Billinghurst or Clayton): Students who wish to be in Honors English 1-2 can contact Betty Tuso by e-mailing her at McQueen (email@example.com) or calling the school and leaving a message for her or writing her a note and sending it to school. At the time of the contact, Mrs. Tuso will make an appointment with the student to come to McQueen to take a writing exam and receive an application.
English Students currently NOT in Honors or AP English in grades 9-11 who wish to apply to be in the English Honors/AP program for the 2010-2011 school year… must attend an information session on the dates listed below. The required application will be given out at the meeting.
Students cannot receive the application unless they attend the information session.
For current juniors (class of 2011): Feb. 8 (Monday), Make-up on Feb. 10
For current sophomores (class of 2012) Feb. 23 (Tuesday), Make-up on Feb. 25 (Wednesday)
For current freshmen (class of 2013) March 1 (Monday), Make-up on March 2 (Tuesday)
Make-up meeting for students who missed the meeting for their grade level: Wednesday, March 3
Students already in the Honors/AP English Program are NOT required to attend.
|Course #||Description||Meets District |
|Full Year/Fall/Spring||Instructor Approval |
|Grade 9||Grade 10||Grade 11||Grade 12|
|1115, 1116||Read 180 1-2||Yes* * *||Full Year||Yes||X||X||X||X|
|1117, 1118||Read 180 3-4||Yes* * *||Full Year||Yes||X||X||X||X|
|1201, 1202||English 1-2||Yes||Full Year||No||X|
|1203, 1204||Honors English 1-2||Yes||Full Year||Yes||X|
|1211, 1212||English 3-4||Yes||Full Year||No||X|
|1213, 1214||Honors English 3-4||Yes||Full Year||Yes||X|
|1231, 1232||English 5-6||Yes||Full Year||No||X|
|1243, 1244||AP English 5-6||Yes||Full Year||Yes||X|
|1259, 1260||Mass Media English 7-8||Yes*||Full Year||No||X|
|1251, 1252||English 7-8||Yes||Full Year||No||X|
|1263, 1264||AP English 7-8||Yes||Full Year||Yes||X|
|1409, 1410||Journalism||Yes* *||Full Year||Yes||X||X||X||X|
|1411, 1412||Adv. Journalism||Yes* *||Full Year||Yes||X||X||X||X|
|1327, 1328||Creative Writing||Yes* *||Full Year||No||X||X||X||X|
|1367, 1368||Shakespeare/Renaissance Literature||Yes* * * *||Year or Semester||No||X|
|1361, 1362||Reading for Pleasure||Yes* * *||Year or Semester||No||X||X||X||X|
|1403, 1404||Yearbook||Yes* * *||Full Year||Yes||X||X||X||X|
|1407, 1408||Adv. Yearbook||Yes* * *||Full Year||Yes||X||X||X||X|
* These courses meet a high school graduation requirement but do not meet a UNR college entrance requirement for English and may not meet requirements at other post-secondary institutions.
* * Each semester of these courses will each meet .5 credit of the Humanities requirement; however, they do not meet English requirements.
* * * Each semester of these courses counts as elective credit only.
* * * * Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature meets the same requirements as English 7-8 and may be taken instead of English 7-8 or as an elective.
Students must take final exams at the end of the semester in all English classes. Half of the exam will consist of a “core” final exam that is common to all regular classes at each grade level. Individual teachers will also write and administer their own examinations to reflect specific units of study and vocabulary taught in their classes; this teacher-specific part of the final examination will count as half of the exam. The total final exam grade may count no less than 10 percent and no more than 25 percent of the student's semester grade (WCSD policy). Teachers in AP/Honors, support classes, freshman academy, and Media English have latitude in the weight and administration of the core final.
Writing prompt: All students will write to an assigned prompt in a 25-minute period on a designated day. Prompts are designed to be similar to the types of writing expected on the High School Proficiency Exam as well as the writing portions of both the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams. Students' writing for their final exam prompt will be scored holistically by two English teachers and factored into the overall final exam grade.
Multiple-choice Questions: The core final also consists of multiple-choice questions (40 questions for freshmen, 50 questions for students in grades 10-12).
Numbers in the chart below reveal the number of multiple-choice questions for different standards. (Classroom instruction throughout both semesters will include direct instruction and assessment of reading and vocabulary standards as well as standards in listening and speaking.)
|Standard #||Description of standard||Fall 9th||Spring 9th||Fall 10th||Spring 10th||Fall 11th||Spring 11th||Fall 12th||Spring 12th|
|2.0||Reading Process Skills||9||7||11||5||8||8||6||7|
|3.0||Reading Literary Text||11||8||11||15||10||27||13||7|
|4.0||Reading Expository & Persuasive Text||5||10||8||10||12||16||11|
|5.0||Editing for Mechanics/Usage/Sentence Structure||10||10||10||10||10||10||10||20|
|6.0||Write a variety of texts/Research||5||5||10||10||10||5||5||5|